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just that, if they're televised, even the residents who don't feel so empowered but whatever it is that's already there in the public housing, they will see the process and how things go and maybe they would be more empowered to come down when they see other residents such as themselves who have been stepped on by processes of san francisco housing and the commission board, that they would be empowered to come and use their voices more if they knew that more people were viewing and that housing would be more respectful. that's always the hope that people are respectful to thank >> thank you very much. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon. ladies and gentlemen. my name is robert woods, i am here, i'm with the san francisco human rights, black human rights
leadership council of san francisco. absolute power produced absolute corruption. keeping this agency board of commissioners behind closed doors without public knowledge, they have been the leading power behind the most of the people being evicted out of the city of san francisco in terms of the laws that they lay, what they're, the arrogance of their position. when you have the residents go before them because they are not
being, they are not under the eye of observation. then you really see the bad side of why you need to bring this organization to the light where they could be observed. i think it's a good thing but by the same, we need it done like 25 years ago. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> my name is [inaudible] ladies and gentlemen. the history goes back to 25 years ago to the housing authority and my statement i have been using at your commission for years, ain't no mystery, check your history. ladies and gentlemen, there's deeper history in what we're talking about with the city
government channel. i'm the one that started that, i'm not going to get the hand for that because of same things the housing authority tenants went through 20 years ago. ladies and gentlemen, i am happy, tickled not pink by black right now because most of the tenants are african-americans. i stand here as the czar of the african-american out migration. i am so happy that my supervisor in the fifth district had the courage to come forward for something 25 years ago. we brought the needs of the redevelopment to the san francisco government channel. i can't say it all right now. i am ecstatic. i am so happy that the supervisors are doing something that i call community reform. we're going to show and demonstrate not only that
department, but there are several other departments that need to come before the eyes of city government. i got a unique technique call in your face. right now in your face. i have been discriminated against. yes, commissioner wiener, you can yawn all you want. i am so glad kristina stepped forward and doing the right thing in the most progressive district. i am ace dog gone in. we're going to be on the case in front of you. i know you can't deny it. >> next speaker, please. >> hard act to follow. sarah short with the san francisco housing rights. a lot of people come in when they have issues with their repairs or evictions or rent
increases and such. so, we've talked to many, many public housing residents throughout the years and believe this would greatly benefit the whole population. what this resolution does is, it sends a powerful message to over 25,000 public housing and section 8, let's not forget, residents in san francisco, and it sends the message that we believe that they are entitled to participate in the democratic process. unfortunately, the fact that they're commission meetings have been in another location not only not recorded but often not even available online and not in a timely fashion. not tape recorded. a lot of people don't know what's going on at the housing authority commission meetings and these are residents that are
impacted. and you know, this special treatment that the housing authority commission has been given you know, it's perhaps the only city department that is in this special position. so i see this as a really common sense measure that would bring parody. even the quasi-agents meet in city hall most of the time. this the send a meaningful message to the residents that the city hall does not believe they are second class and that they deserve the right to see what is happening with the government body of their housing agency. >> thank you. ms. short. i appreciate it.
next speaker. >> this is not here today so i'm going to read the speech. >> i am song won chen. [inaudible] is an organization established by the public housing developments in chinatown. we have 413 households living in the area. limited english-speaking families. the current location is very inconvenient for us. many of us do not know how to get there. on the other hand, we know how to get to city hall, we have more chance of options going to city hall. in addition, many of residents are seniors with physical disabilities. it's difficult for them to get around. having the meetings live on tv would give them the chance for an update. for working families, they can watch online.
by having it broadcasted, it will bring back the relationship with the agency. we ask you move the commission meetings to city hall and broadcast for the public. >> thank you very much. next speaker. >> willie radcliffe, libertiville. and the daily news paper and i also just started a limited partnership for development. but the housing authority has -- needs light shined on it what's going on. they spend a lot of money, especially in bayview hunter's point and district 10. but people of color have been locked out. also some time there's contracts left out for people to do development and no one else was asked to even be involved or knew it was coming up.
so that is government money and we looking at it. and i'm glad that they agree that, for us to do this, that they agree to do it and not try to fight it. i won't say some of the things i know, but i know one thing, we need to shine a light on what's going on over there, and i appreciate the supervisors that brought this up. it's a good thing. any time you open up the light, it's like sunshine coming up in the morning. wakes us up. i appreciate it and hope you will go along with even them not going against it. thank you. >> next speaker. >> thank you. you start off with the civil grand jury and end here too. it was a year ago in which the civil grand jury asked to you think about putting the ethics commission on television, and i think that has been a great
success. i think probably your ratings are the highest you have ever had for sf gov tv. i encourage you to open us this agency including the sunshine task force. >> thank you. any additional public comment? public comment is closed. >> can we move this forward without objection? >> i want to thank the public and city staff in bringing this forward. i am a believer in more sunshine and televising meetings will help to hold everyone accountable. i was happy to support this. >> chsupervisor chui.
i absolutely understand the point. i will be supporting the legislation, but i do want to express reservations i have about it. i know we have limited space with sfgtv to cover this. i hope this will promote the housing authority to see if there's availability of space within city hall and that doesn't conflict with the other meeting to figure out what we can possibly do. that's an important issue we face with many commissions in city hall. i also want to make sure the housing authority is taking a look at the trade off. if we have a meeting at city hall versus elsewhere, are we going to be disinfranchising others? i am sure the housing authority will consider those as limp one of biggest things about televising anything is the cost. i hope the housing authority as
they are looking forward to the budget evaluates whether or not they can afford this. i will be supportive of this because i understand the desire the folks to see this and access it and have it in the public light. there is things the housing authority needs to review in order to make this become something that is a reality. again, i will be supportive. but availability of space, trade off to the meetings, space and access to it and of course funding is always something we need to look forward to. thank you. >> thank you. so colleagues, can we forward this recommendation to the full board? without objection. >> and then, through the chair. >> can i ask if we rescind items 3, 4, 5 and 7 to vote on? >> without objection, can we do that? >> rescind three, four, five and seven. as to items three, four and
five, the motion was to file items three and four and to move items 5 to the full board, excuse me, did you mean -- >> three, four, five and seven. >> okay. >> so with respect to item three, the motion was to as amended move the responses to the full board with recommendation. can we do that? >> i will make that motion. >> without objection, >> item four to move. >> without objection, so ordered. item five, the motion was to move item number five to the full board with recommendation. >> so moved. >> without objection. >> item seven, the motion was to move to the full board with recommendation, >> mr. chair. item five was amended.
>> that's correct. so, for item number 5. the motion was to move forward to the full board as amended with positive recommendation. can we take objection? >> yes. >> item 7, the motion was to move to the full board with positive recommendation? >> can we take that objection? >> so moved. >> are there any other items before the committee? >> no. we have no further matters. >> okay. we are a
the city and school district select committee. my name is david campos and i am the chair of the committee. madam secretary, if you can please take the roll? before we do that i wanted to thank the following members of sfgtv staff who are covering the meeting today. mark bunch and bill dylan. madam secretary. >> did you want me to read the first item? >> roll call. >> roll call. we haven't had one. supervisor campos? >> present. >> supervisor olague? >> here. >> thank you. supervisor chu? >> he's in route. >> [speaker not understood]? >> here. >> [speaker not understood]? >> and commissioner mendosa. >> here. >> thank you very much. madam secretary, if you can please call item number 1. >> thank you, supervisor. it's item 120 3 93, hearing on the student drop out rates as
introduced by supervisor cohen. >> this is an item that has been introduced by supervisor cohen. before i turn it over to supervisor cohen, i want to thank her for being here. i just wanted to sort of just make a quick note about these items, number of issues that we'll be discussing. you know, my experience having been on the other end at some point having been an employee of the san francisco unified school district, my hope and my intent as we tackle some very difficult issues which impact all of us is that we do so in the spirit of how do we work together as a city and as a school district to address these issues. i know that in the past some folks on the school district end had felt the prior discussion that has taken place in this committee has been about pointing fingers, and i really think that while it's important for all of us to be accountable, that the goal here is to figure out solutions for these very complicated issues. so, it is in that spirit that i
hope we have this discussion. so, with that, i turn it over to my colleague, supervisor cohen. >> thank you very much. good afternoon, everyone. it's nice to see you. i thank you for hearing this item today. both supervisor olague and i express concern and desire of to better coordinate the work being done by the school district and other school -- excuse me, and other city departments, to support and -- to support and increase african-american students achievement and prevent students from not completing high school. originally i introduced the hearing that looked specifically at the drop out rates at marshal, thurgood marshall and burton high school both of which have a number of students from the southeastern neighborhoods. in particular i want to do better, in particular i want to have a better understanding of how the school district tracks high school drop-out rates and how those at thurgood marshall and burton high school compare with other schools throughout the city. now, collectively we as a city and as a school district and
more importantly as a community, we need to do better to ensure that the academic success of all of our students, particularly those coming from vulnerable communities who we see time and time again disproportionately struggling in our public schools. and i'm looking to the school board members to decrease that struggle. i'm hoping this hearing will yield a creative solutions and tangible steps that we can begin to take to subsequently address these challenges. i believe that these two hearing items share many common things and i look forward to the presentations today. thank you, mr. chair. >> thank you. thank you, supervisor cohen. and i was remiss for noting the following. unless there is any objection, if it's okay with my colleagues, to combine items 1 and 2. so, if i could ask the secretary to also call item 2. >> thank you, supervisor. item 120 6 28, hearing on the
african-american student achievement strategies. >> and again, item 2 is a hearing that has been requested by supervisor olague as well as supervisor cohen and myself. so, supervisor olague, if you would like to make any opening remarks. >> first of all, i'd like to thank you all for attending this very important hearing. as i am sure we are all in agreement that our children all deserve the right to a good education and all the opportunities that follow, it is a major priority for our office to see that our communities of color graduate and are afforded every opportunity to reach their full potential. i think i can safely say that's what we all collectively want for every person in our society. that is why the african-american student achievement gap is truly disturbing and a very important discussion to be having, and i
especially want to thank ms. cheryl davis from mo magic and from the human rights commission for asking us to host this hearing today. and obviously for supervisors campos and cohen for co-sponsoring. today in advance, i'll let you know who will be speaking to this. we will have opening remarks from cheryl davis, guadalupe guerrero will present from the school district and share with us the status and the current initiatives, followed by max roach a from dcyf to speak to the programs they fund to support academic achievement, and then finally we will wrap up with neva walker from coleman advocates to speak to their research on the a to g requirements. so, that's kind of the line up. >> great. unless there is any objection, if we can then begin the presentations.
and, ms. davis? >> hello, everyone. let me just first formally thank all of you for being here and then for actually moving forward with the hearing. and i do want to echo supervisor campos' comments that this really isn't about finger pointing. this is really about how we come together to look at what the issues are and we work together to do that. so, i just -- i'm going to go really quickly because i did want to have -- david, i think we passed out some reports of things that david has combined or compiled from the human rights commission. and i wanted to kind of set the tone for why i made this request. on the human rights commission we have been doing some work around the outmigration of african americans. and i think to some degree we've had this kind of what came first. did people start leaving first or did things start to go wrong and that's why people made the
decision to leave, and how do we begin to address that. and over the years there has been the unfinished agenda, which there is some information in the packet about. the african-american outmigration task force was convened under then mayor newsome and there have been all these conversations. and one of the things that continues throughout that is this idea of the achievement gap and what's going on. and for a city that used to at one point in time have over 25% african-americans to now be looking at less than 6% as a population, we really need to start looking at what's going on and what that looks like. so, i did want to share with you some of the things that the human rights commission has been doing over the last year to begin to look at that. not just in regards to the academic piece, but also by and large what is going on with african americans and what that looks like. so, one of the first things we did earlier this year was to convene a group that was self-selected, people were
allowed to participate in that. the african-american leadership council was meeting once a month and that group came together and developed some goals and strategies of things that they'd like to see. one of the first things that the group did, which i will leave with you all, is they created a tracking tool because, basically as i mentioned, there have been dozens of reports. there have been tons of findings. and the problem was that people said we don't want another report. why don't we look at all the reports that have been done and let's see what kind of implementation has been done, what's been happening with that. so, the group created a tracking tool. and basically when you look at these pages, these are all of the recommendations that have come out of every report that we know of. and we're starting to look at what has actually been done in this department and that department and whether there has been any action. so, it's something that if you wanted to look specifically at education, you could look at the education recommendations and see what was done or not done.
we created subcommittees within that and the subcommittees each came up with their own goals. and, so, the education subcommittee, i'll just tell you really quickly, they wanted more academic support funding. they wanted more round credit recovery, develop an outreach database around academicses and education to really look at not just what the city funds, but what else is out there, what are the resources that could be availed to folks. and then there are some other ones that again, you can look at those and see what that looks like. this summer they started a human rights commission initiated a brown bag series. again, understanding that it's not just about the school district, it's not just about home, but the importance of networking and making connections and having a context. when we start talking to people about the importance of school and education, if we have generations of folks who have maybe not graduated from high school or don't have geds or have had a hard time with getting a job and you say you need to go to school to get a job, and that's not something that they have a context for,
it's about creating these internships, but also these mentoring opportunities, brown bag series where people come in and share their stories of how they ended up where they are and what that process looked like. and i think for me the most memorable one was when we did it with mayor brown, and he talked about it was right time, right place. that there was somebody that was there to help him. it wasn't because he had this really great plan did & it was all in alignment. he went to san francisco state and somebody took a chance on him and said, this is a program, you're going to be on probation. but if you don't make it, if you don't do what you're supposed to, it's on you. and that really resonated with a lot of the young folks that we had there. and then i also have for you a copy of the summary of the goals of the work sheet for where we are with that project and where people feel like we should be moving towards. i also wanted to just have david and salina come up and share with you really quickly.
so, david nyree is staff for the human rights commission. >> thank you, commissioner davis. i consider this a groundbreaking day for the city and county of san francisco and the african-american community as we go beyond reports and studies and continue to put forth a real action toward addressing important issues that impact the african-american community as it relates to both retaining the african-american community in san francisco as well as attracting the populations of the city. historically education has been an essential and key component for many african americans toward backing the cycle of poverty and creating opportunities to succeed, flourish, thrive, and be empowered. and i thank the supervisors and the members of the board of education for fostering this important public dialogue. over the past year the human rights commission has dedicated -- has been dedicated to addressing and implementing many of the findings and recommendations found in the equity reports spanning two decades, including the much talked about unfinished agenda
and the african-american outmigration reports. a critical analysis of these reports conduct bid staff at the human rights commission found that action on the part of city leadership and experience a realistic collaborative with the city department was the number one asked and the most essential element toward effectuating real and tangible outcomes to again both retain and attract african-american community in and to san francisco. i believe this hearing is a vital advancement to that end. i am pleased to share with you a progress report on the hrc implementation efforts will see we have already taken on a variety of projects that highlight the intersection between the role of education and the personal and professional development of african-american youth in san francisco. the hrt realizes that it does take a village, as the saying gos, to effectuate positive outcomes and i hope this hearing signals a real commitment from city leaders to foster more collaborations toward empowering the african-american community in
san francisco to succeed, flourish, and thrive. with that the hrc is proud of the community collaboratives we have already established to date to continue our efforts on implementing the findings and recommendations of the various diversity reports. we have with us today salina from the santa and juvenile criminal justice who will briefly comment on the school to prison pipeline, particularly the high criminalization of african-american girls in san francisco. i give you ms. salina tiji. >> hi, thank you very much for having me. as i was introduced, i worked for the center on juvenile and criminal justice. it is a nonprofit base in san francisco, we provide services, technical assistance and [speaker not understood] analysis. i know a there are a lot of people who can really speak to the educational gap a lot better than i can so i'm going to limit my comments to justice involved youth and really make the connection because it is important to think about this issue not in